Jhpiego, an international health nonprofit and Johns Hopkins University affiliate, will honor actress Zoe Saldana-Perego and her husband, artist Marco Perego-Saldana, with the 2019 Visionary Award in recognition of the couple’s outstanding philanthropic efforts to support mothers and newborns.
Ms. Saldana-Perego, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek and Avatar, and Mr. Perego-Saldana, an internationally recognized artist whose work has appeared in shows from London to Miami, will be honored April 29, 2019, at Jhpiego’s Los Angeles gala, Laughter Is the Best Medicine. The couple, parents to three boys, has championed a community of diverse, artistic voices through BESE, a media platform they co-founded in 2018 to celebrate “the untold stories of today’s changing America.”
Ms. Saldana-Perego and Mr. Perego-Saldana were chosen to receive the Visionary Award, which recognizes significant humanitarian work and an abiding commitment to improving the lives of women and children globally, based on their joint commitment to tackle tough issues, pursue their convictions fearlessly, and advocate powerfully for a better future for women and families.
Ms. Saldana-Perego, who has spoken about the premature birth of her twins, has said, “My wish for every child and every global citizen is that they have medical aid accessible to them. That’s what I wish for children and people all over the world.”
Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Jhpiego event showcases the organization’s global achievements and impact in the delivery of lifesaving, high-quality health care to women and families worldwide. Ms. Saldana-Perego and Mr. Perego-Saldana will be honored along with Wyck Godfrey, president of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group, and Mary Kerr, MD, MPH.
Mr. Godfrey, acclaimed producer of the recently released First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, and the two hit series The Maze Runner and Twilight, and Dr. Kerr, a prominent Los Angeles obstetrician-gynecologist, will receive the Elyse Bila Ouedraogo Award, named for a nurse in Burkina Faso who worked passionately to ensure that women had access to screening for cervical cancer—the disease that ultimately took her life. The couple was chosen to receive this award because of their commitment to giving back and improving inequities and disparities in people’s most basic needs, such as access to health care and clean water.
Ms. Saldana-Perego, who has worked with Shot@Life and Brave Beginnings to ensure babies have access to lifesaving immunizations and quality newborn care, and Mr. Perego-Saldana, a parent who defies traditional gender norms and stereotypes, have shown that they understand the inequity and challenges women and children face, whether they live in Johannesburg or Baltimore.
Ms. Saldana-Perego’s breakthrough in film came in 2009 with her appearance as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek film series and as Neytiri in the Avatar film series. Mr. Perego-Saldana has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo Tuscolano in Rome, Art Basel Miami and Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska.
Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is expected to play an important part in “Avengers: Endgame.” In fact, one theory suggests that she will be the key to defeating Thanos.
Thanos obviously has a soft spot for his daughter Gamora. So if anyone’s going to be instrumental in undoing the snap, it’s going to be her. Thanos ditched his throne after Gamora said she hated it. Clearly, Saldana’s character still has a hold of her old man.
However, the plan is not all about appealing to Thanos’ emotional side. Gamora is not technically dead. She’s just trapped in the Soul Stone. Theories posit that Gamora can come back in “Avengers: Endgame” by traveling between two dimensions using the Soul Stone. This is exactly what Thanos did to reunite himself with a younger version of Gamora in the Soul World in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
In the original “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Nebula somehow got a hold of the gauntlet and proceeded to wreak havoc. Adam Warlock ultimately stopped her by entering the Soul Stone and hacking the gauntlet from there like a computer virus.
In the timeline of the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” Gamora will already be inside the Soul Stone, so it’s possible for Gamora to also hack into the Soul Stone and decrease the power of the gauntlet and ultimately stop Thanos’ reign of terror.
On Instagram, Saldana has been sharing clips from the set of the “Avengers: Endgame.” So this is a confirmation that she will be back in the highly anticipated Marvel film, which will be shown in cinemas on April 24.
Meanwhile, the actress, together with husband Marco Perego-Saldana, has received recognition for her global humanitarian work. The “Guardians Of the Galaxy” star was awarded the Visionary Award by the international nonprofit health organization Jhpiego for her work in helping women and children around the world to live better lives. Saldana has partnered with Shot@Life and Brave Beginnings to provide babies access to crucial immunizations and quality newborn care.
“My wish for every child and every global citizen is that they have medical aid accessible to them. That’s what I wish for children and people all over the world,” the actress said in an official press release.